“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
World Wrestling Entertainment has fired Hulk Hogan and removed all traces of him from its website after a radio interview from 2012 surfaced where he used a racial slur several times.
Hogan appeared on DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show “Whoolywood Shuffle” on Sirius XM in 2012. In the interview, Hogan said, “Everybody down there — Lil Wayne, Birdman — they’re all calling me … and then I started sayin’ it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me, then?'”
Though the interview is from three years ago, it resurfaced online late Thursday and quickly went viral. It was then that WWE deleted all references to Hogan from its website, including removing him from their Hall of Fame section.
On Friday, WWE released a statement saying, “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
A few minutes after WWE released its statement, Radaronline.com reported that Hogan used racial slurs in a separate, much more inflammatory incident during a conversation about someone that was offering to fund his daughter’s music career.
Hogan has also been removed as a judge from WWE’s “Tough Enough” reality show, which airs Tuesday’s on the USA network.
The only response from Hogan so far has come in a tweet. “In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH,” he wrote.
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